Asus has produced a beautiful gaming laptop in its G75VW, which earns our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award. This gaming computer maintains the functionality of a desktop while keeping the lightweight of a laptop. It has a cutting-edge processor and a new NVIDIA graphics card. Plus, with 8GB of RAM out of the box and its solid design, this computer is great for those of you who are looking to improve your gaming prowess.
There is no piece of hardware on this gaming laptop more important than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M graphics card. This card is on the high end of mid-range graphics cards, but don't let this deter you. There is 3GB of video memory inside this GPU, and it will run games like Skyrim on the highest graphics settings.
A third generation i7 processor powers the Asus G75VW. This quad-core processor is more efficient at keeping cool and using less energy than older processors. The CPU moves information through your computer at an average speed of 2.3GHz, and the processor can reach speeds up to 3.3GHz. This is the latest in processor technology and pairs well with the NVIDIA graphics card.
In addition to a powerful processor and graphics card, this gaming laptop's standard 16GB of RAM is more than enough to handle almost any game. This is where the Asus G75VW competes best with other laptops. This much RAM will start up games and give you clean, lag-free gameplay. The 750GB hard drive gives you enough storage to download multitudes of graphic-intensive games. The Asus has two cooling fans that push the air away from you, keeping heat away from your hands and allowing your system to run cooler and quieter.
Although it was designed with SonicMaster Lite technology, this laptop struggles to emit decent sound. SonicMaster Lite lets you customize your audio options, but sounds are exponentially better when you use a quality pair of headphones instead of depending on the built-in speakers.
The Asus has a 17.3-inch LED screen and a full high-definition display. This 1080p screen is ideal for gaming, and if you really want to go all the way, you can upgrade to a 3D-enabled screen. Because the Asus G75VW is a gaming laptop, you can customize the screen any way you would like. Screen functions let you go beyond basics adjustments. You can choose how much contrast you want between darks and whites, and there is a color wheel with a plethora of colors, giving you ultimate control over your display.
One thing that we really like about the screen is the anti-glare coating and wide viewing angle. The combination of these two features improves visibility during gaming, especially in dark environments.
The full-size backlit keyboard makes it easy to use this device in low light. The keys are raised to make typing easy, which also helps in low-light situations. There are plenty of ways to connect external media devices to this gaming laptop. The Asus has a 3-in-1 media card reader, an HDMI output and four USB ports. The HD webcam is great for Skype, and with its built-in microphone, you can do in-game chat with your friends. The G75VW also comes with a Blu-ray player and a built-in subwoofer.
Asus designed a website that is easy to navigate, and it's even easier to get answers to your questions from the company's online support. One warning with Asus is that the company has two separate sites – one for the manufacture's page and one that sells Asus products. If you are unsure of which site to contact for help, there is a chance that customer service will switch you between sales and technical assistance.
The support page includes a community section, driver downloads, technical support and much more. Contacting the company using the live chat feature is the best way to get quick answers to complex questions. However, the site contains enough written information that we found little need for additional help or support.
The Asus G75VW is equipped with enough mid- to high-range hardware to run any game on the market today and to stay current for a few more years. Improvements to the speakers on the G75VW would have given this gaming laptop a higher score during our tests, but that problem is easy to fix if you use headphones. The 8GB of RAM and top-tier graphics card make this a great laptop option to take your gaming to the next level.
16GB of Ram and 750GB of hard drive really are a solid combination for gamers.
The audio isn't great. The built-in speakers struggle with reproducing vocals when you listen to music.
The Asus G75VW is a great laptop for anyone on a budget. It features a graphics card that is on the higher end of mid-level cards and a clear screen that displays beautiful graphics during gameplay.